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Golden Lion

25 King Street
St James's

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Opening Times


Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 9.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 9.00 pm
SundayNoon - 6.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Thu noon - 9pm
Fri & Sat noon - 8pm
Sun noon - 5pm


Greene King

About the Pub

The delightfully ornate imitation Jacobean Baroque narrow frontage of this pub appears squashed between the drab monolithic giants on each side, but it faces the more pleasant prospect of Christie's auction rooms across the road and displays some of their old posters inside.

The present pub was rebuilt in 1900 and features part panelled walls, an attractive back bar and interesting tiles on the gantry over the bar itself. Curious white antler chandeliers are presumably a more modern addition. The upstairs ‘Theatre Bar’ and dining area is furnished with memorabilia from the former St James's Theatre which stood next door between 1835 and 1957.

There is an interesting menu of hot dishes as well as snacks, sharers and sandwiches, all at prices considered reasonable for the area. The handpumps generally offer a couple of beers from the Greene King range and one from another brewery; but as at late 2022 there have been reports of non-availability of cask ale at certain times. Further updates welcome.

Historic Interest

Although the pub’s licence dates from c.1690, it has been on this site only since 1731. In 1823 the landlady was kicked to death by a woman customer.

Regular ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Greene King IPA

Changing ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Greene King --varies--
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    But not Sunday.

  • Garden Garden

    Covered and heated pavement tables on side.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events

    Quiz every Wed at 7pm.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Upstairs restaurant can be reserved.

  • Restaurant Restaurant Area


  • Smoking Smoking Area


  • WiFi Wifi

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Golden Lion

25 King Street
St James's

Sat Nav Reference

51.506364, -0.137503


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (100m)

Route 9

Closest Station (1000m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (400m)

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Golden Lion

25 King Street
St James's

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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